Crusader Kings 3’s latest dev diary discusses character portraits and vassal contracts

Paradox Interactive has released a brand new developer diary for Crusader Kings 3, with this one diving into the topics of character portraits and the vassal contracts system. The vassal contracts system has changed slightly since it was originally spoken about. When it comes to character portraits they will change based upon the character’s lineage, age, lifestyle, and illnesses. So, if you have a party loving yet ill leader they will look very different from a leader that takes care of themselves.


Stefan had some hands-on time with Crusader Kings 3, and this is what he wrote:

Sometimes it feels like it’s better to tear everything down and start again, and it’s tempting to think that’s how big video game sequels work as well, but it’s never truly the case. Developers will always learn from what they did before, whether it’s a narrative adventure or a large open-ended strategy like Civilization or Crusader Kings. Sequels can sometimes be less about rebuilding from scratch and more about refurbishing previous ideas.

After our hands on time with Crusader Kings III, we’ve really only scratched the surface of what it offers, but it’s set to offer a compelling fresh start to one of Paradox’s biggest grand strategy games. Sure, we’ll be leaving behind seven years of expansions and more, but in exchange, they’re refining a lot of what makes Crusader Kings unique while making it prettier and more accessible than ever.

Crusader Kings 3 will be out for PC on 1st September 2020. The game is now available for pre-order at the Paradox store and all the other online store fronts with an SRP of $49.99/ £41.99/ €49.99.

Source: Press Release

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